Two Oregon Projects Part Of RCPP Funding

NRCS’ Regional Conservation Partnership Program recently announced the investment of $330 million in 85 locally driven partnerships nationwide, all in an effort to help farmers address climate change. Included in that $330 million investment are two Oregon based projects. Lauren Bennett with NRCS said the RCPP leverages partnership resources to produce a collective impact that […]

Drought In Southern Oregon Could Be Worse Than 2001

This year is already shaping up to be a difficult one for irrigators in southern Oregon. President of the Klamath Water Users Association Ben DuVal said while they originally thought it might be as bad as 2001, it actually might be worse. “Since then we’ve gotten the April 15th forecast and as inflows continue to show up even […]

What Makes The Klamath Basin So Challenging?

While complex in nature, much of the recent concerns about water supplies for one Western basin stems from the weather – past and present. Rod Bain highlights the concerns taking place in southern Oregon. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

WHIP+ Available To Help Klamath Basin Farmers

For many across the Northwest, 2021 is turning out to be a dry year. When it comes to addressing drought and water supply concerns here in the west, House Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told a House Ag Committee. “We’ll continue to look at the full range of resources that we have under the various […]

Wyden, Merkley, Bentz: Klamath Basin Needs To Prepare For Another Difficult Water Year

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Cliff Bentz released a statement Tuesday focused on the drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. The three met with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the southwest corner of the state will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide the community relief. […]

Dry Pattern Expected To Continue For Foreseeable Future

For those hoping for some rain in the not too distant future, it looks like it will be a while before those hopes are realized. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the region has seen increased wind activity as the Jet Stream moves north in preparation of the hotter weather of the […]

Klamath Basin Irrigators See Power Cost Decrease To Start New Year

Starting on January 1st, irrigators in Oregon’s Klamath and Lost River Basins saw a 3.5% reduction in power costs. The Klamath Water Users Association, said this is welcomed news, since the Oregon Public Utility Commission approved a 10% increase in base rates for irrigators in February. “We  are  very  pleased  with  this outcome,”  said  KWUA […]

Walden Says Goodbye To Congress

Earlier this week, long time central and eastern Oregon representative Greg Walden took to the House floor one final time to say goodbye to his colleagues. Walden said growing up on a cherry orchard outside of The Dalles taught him to have great respect for farmers and ranchers. “I worked hard to protect their way […]

Yurok Enjoys Victory Over Farmers In Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year.  The Yurok tribe said Sunday that the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit […]